Pilot asked to return to base before crash, Ethiopian Airlines CEO reveals

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In the days since the crash, the personal stories of many of those on board have come to light - highlighting the truly global nature of a tragedy that saw people of 35 different nationalities die.

A Carleton alumnus has been identified among the 18 Canadian passengers who died on an Ethiopian Airlines jet that that crashed Sunday morning near Addis Ababa, according to a press release from the university.

Southwest Airlines, the largest US domestic carrier, exclusively flies Boeing 737 aircraft and has 34 of the Max 8s in its fleet.

Since the Indonesia crash, there has been attention on an automated anti-stall system that dips the aircraft's nose down. "As you might be aware of, the captain made a distress call asking clearance to get back to Addis Ababa's airport, but while he was attempting to return back, the accident occurred", said Kaleyesus Bekele, an aviation expert. Authorities in France and Britain said they had not been approached yet.

According to the daily, many airlines had schedules planned around deliveries of the 737 Max, which could be affected by a prolonged grounding.

A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines had said earlier that the black boxes recovered from the crashed plane would be sent to Germany for analysis.

More than a dozen relatives of those who perished paid respects on Wednesday at the rural crash site where Flight ET 302 came down in a fireball. Workers set up tents decorated with white roses. Thailand ordered budget airline Thai Lion Air to suspend flying the planes for risk assessments.

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While the Surat-based Vaidya couple were Indian nationals, their daughter, husband and two children were Canadians of Indian-origin.

Investigators have found only charred remains of passengers, and no cause has yet been found for the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX in less than six months.

Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the NTSB who is now an aviation consultant, said Ethiopian investigators likely avoided sending the data to the USA because its Federal Aviation Administration certified the airworthiness of the Max and has a relationship with manufacturer Boeing.

In the US, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines operate the Max 8 and United Airlines flies a slightly larger version, the Max 9.

"We expect Boeing to take this bill", it said. The two men often fly Ethiopian Airlines for business and plan on completing their journey to Nairobi through Addis Ababa with the airline.

The parliamentary association touched down in the capital about 90 minutes before the crash, Munson said in a telephone interview.